ISFA UNDER-18 REPRESENTATIVE TEAM

ISFA SQUAD TO PLAY SHEFFIELD UNITED

The following squad has been selected to face Sheffield United on Sunday 5th March, 2pm kick off.  Players are asked to meet at Sheffield United Academy, Firshill Crescent, Shirecliffe, Sheffield S4 7DJ for 12.45pm dressed in shirt and tie.  Full match kit will be provided.  Please can all players confirm their availability to Mr Jono Santry via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 24th February at the latest.

Oscar Haynes-Brown (Ardingly)
Oscar McConnell (Ardingly)
James Kay (Bolton)
Quinn McCallion (Bradfield)
Joshua Tarrant (Bradfield)
Harry Fuller (Hampton)
George O'Malley (Harrow)
Fred Francis (Millfield)
Matt McGlinchey (Millfield)
Marcus Price (Millfield)
Cormac Pike (Millfield)
Will Norcross (Repton)
Rhys Norrington-Davies (Royal Russell)
Matt O'Donoghue (Royal Russell)
Matt Weller (Royal Russell)
Josiah Chilaka (Shrewsbury)

ISFA GO DOWN TO ENGLISH SCHOOLS

Sunday 19th February
ENGLISH SCHOOLS FA 2 ISFA U18 1
Bury FC Training Ground, Carrington

It has been many years since ISFA faced the full England schools side.  This fixture represented the growth in independent Schools football and was a true demonstration of school football in the country.

ISFA started strongly and had the early chances. Harrison Ardron was the first clear one, but he was unlucky to find the inside of the post. A battering run from man of the match Rhys Norrington-Davies followed by an excellent cut back created the first goal from Will Norcross. Chances followed again for Norcross and Oscar Haynes-Brown. These were ruthlessly punished as ESFA hit on the counter on two occasions. Half time was a flattering 2-1 to the opposition.

The second half was a different affair as ESFA took control of the game. Many chances went their way but it was the ISFA defence's turn to hold strong. As the game entered the latter stages, ISFA rallied and started to threaten for an equaliser. The best chance fell to Josiah Chilaka but his shot went agonisingly just past the outside of the post. The game finished 2-1 and both teams put on an excellent display of football. Best of luck goes to ESFA who now compete to retain the Centenary Shield.

ISFA U18s next match will now be against Sheffield United FC on Sunday 5th March, kick-off 2.00pm.

Picture courtesy of RWT Photography.  More pictures of the match available at www.rwt-photograpy.co.uk.

LATE WELSH PENALTY DENIES ISFA

Sunday 5th February
WELSH SCHOOLS 2 ENGLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 2
The New Saints FC

ISFA paid a heavy price for missed chances against the Welsh.  Having had much the better of the first half, the ISFA boys had only an Oscar Haynes-Brown penalty just before half-time to show for their efforts at the break.  A sloppy start to the second half and a defensive mix-up meant that Wales were soon level but ISFA gradually reasserted their hold on the game and Haynes-Brown restored the lead with a smart finish.  ISFA then had the chances to make the game safe but, with seconds remaining, ISFA conceded a penalty and Wales scored the equalising goal with the last kick of the match.

ISFA GO DOWN TO AUSSIES

Sunday 15th January
ENGLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 1 AUSTRALIA SCHOOLS 4
Clifton College Sports Centre

The final score does not quite reflect the very competitive and even affair for most of the match that took place on a truly outstanding surface at Clifton College.

ISFA flew out of the blocks and should have scored in the first minute. Australia grew into the game and both teams had their share of chance. Just short of the break Australia scored from a poorly cleared corner.

ISFA rallied in the second half and deserved the impressive equaliser from Oscar Haynes-Brown. Two clear-cut chances followed that were not taken. ISFA were to rue these chances though as Australia punished mistakes and were deadly on the counter. As the game opened up, Australia were able to create more opportunities, goals and a deserved win.

Further photos from this match are available from www.rwt-photography.co.uk

BERLIN CONFIRMED AS TOUR VENUE

ISFA is pleased to announce that this season's U18 and U16 Easter Tour will be to Germany, with the group based in Berlin.  Amongst the teams that have agreed to play ISFA are Bundesliga outfit, Hertha Berlin.

The Tour will take place between 3rd-7th April.

ISFA U18S COMEBACK TO DRAW WITH ENGLISH COLLEGES

ISFA U18 2 - 2 English Colleges
St George's Park

It was clear from the outset that English Colleges were going to be a real challenge.  Two games in the space of eighteen hours meant that it would be both a physical and mental test for the ISFA team.  Both teams exchanged blows early on and the keepers were the only reason that the score was 0-0 at half time.  English Colleges pushed hard in the second half and took control.  They deserved their first and their second came from a mix-up in defense.  ISFA looked like they had been defeated but somehow rallied with ten minutes to go.  Captain George O’Malley scored to make it a frantic finish.  The goal spurred ISFA on further and Matt O’Donoghue was on hand for the equaliser.  Neither team could find the winner despite chances in the final minutes.  Real character and mental strength on show from the team.

ISFA U18 2 – 1 Welsh Colleges
St George’s Park

The U18s found themselves in an evenly matched game with both ISFA and Welsh Colleges playing some high-quality football. ISFA looked to break the deadlock when they were awarded a penalty in the first half won and taken by Oscar Haynes-Brown. However, an excellent save from the goalkeeper kept the game level. ISFA opened the scoring in the latter stages of the first half from a well taken corner headed home by Cormac Pike. ISFA started bright in the second half, however, a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing prevented the score line increasing. In the latter stages, Merlin Ferrinho headed home a Will Norcoss cross delivered after a fluent move down the left wing. It was a nervy finish after a late Welsh Colleges goal, however, this was not enough to deny ISFA a well-earned victory to start their National representative season. 

RWT Photography (www.rwt-photography.co.uk or 01733 204445) attended this match.  A selection of photographs can be found on their website.

FULL SQUAD ANNOUNCED 

Quinn McCallion (Bradfield)
Oran Swales (Aldenham)
Oscar Haynes-Brown (Ardingly)
James Kay (Bolton)
Joshua Tarrant (Bradfield)
Harry Fuller (Hampton)
Jamie Autorino (Harrodian)
Goerge O'Malley (Harrow)
Harrison Ardron (Millfield)
Josiah Chilaka (Shrewsbury)
Fred Francis (Millfield)
Marcus Price (Millfield)
Matt McGlinchey (Millfield)
Cormac Pike (Millfield)
Will Norcross (Repton)
Rhys Norrington-Davies (Royal Russell)
Matt O'Donoghue (Royal Russell)
Matt Weller (Royal Russell)

2016-17 PROGRAMME

The Full ISFA U18 Squad will be selected after the North v. South matches  on Sunday 27th November.

14th-15th December
"ISFA Week" at The FA National Football Centre, St. George's Park)
(2 matches)

Sunday 15th January
ENGLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS v. AUSTRALIA SCHOOLS
(Clifton College, 2.00)

Sunday 5th February
WELSH SCHOOLS v. ENGLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
(The New Saints FC, Oswestry, 2.00)

Sunday 19th February
ISFA U18 v. ENGLISH SCHOOLS FA
(Manchester United Training Ground, Carrington, ko 12.00)

Sunday 5th March
SHEFFIELD UNITED FC v. ISFA U18
(Sheffield United Training Ground, 2.00)

More fixtures will be added in due course

3rd -7th April
OVERSEAS TOUR - Germany
(in association with Complete Sports Solutions)


 

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(Carrington Training Centre, 12.00)

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Whitgift v. Forest
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Sun 5th Mar
ISFA U18 v. The Royal Navy
(HMS Temeraire, Portsmouth)

Wed. 8th Mar
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(King's School, Chester)

Sun 5th Mar
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(HMS Temeraire, Portsmouth, 1.00)

Sun 5th Mar
ISFA U18 v. Sheffield United
(SUFC Training Ground, 2.00)

Sun 12th Mar
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(City of London School
Playing Fields, 11.00)

Mon 20th Mar
Boodles ISFA Cup Final
Millfield v. Royal Russell
(MK Dons FC, 7.00)

3rd-7th Apr
ISFA U18 & U16 Tour

5th-7th Apr
ISFA U15 & U14 Tour
(Scotland)

Thurs 27th Apr
ISFA U16 Shield Final
(St. George's Park, 6.00)